Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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A s the demand for the highest level of care and patient volumes increased, The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City needed to expand its facilities. It was also vital that the facility stay on top of technology and equipment, so doctors could further foster the best teaching environment using state-of-the-art techniques and innovative practices to equip future practitioners. After four years of planning and construction, Cambridge Tower A is open and caring for patients. It would not be possible without teamwork in all phases and collaboration from all partners to not only get total buy-in, but also to overcome challenges together for the better- ment of the project. With 11 levels (plus lower service level and 12th fl oor penthouse mechanical space), 124 beds, 11 operating rooms, an intraoperative MRI suite and a two-story bridge across a busy street, among other features, the 558,570-square-foot building required a commitment from all team members from the top down. While it is rare to build a hospital ground-up on a greenfi eld site, the location was not without its challenges. Framed by busy streets, an active hospital and residences, the fi rst obstacle to tackle was how to construct the facility with as little disruption to the public as possible. A highly coordinated delivery was developed with minimal onsite staging. Materials were delivered in a just-in-time fashion. This reduced the amount of space needed onsite, as well as sped up installations to cut back on time and equipment needed by trade partners. Off site parking was leased, and employees were shuttled to the site to reduce the number of vehicles and construction traffi c near the residential neighborhoods. Creative solutions deliver University of Kansas Health System Cambridge Tower A BY SHELLY KOEHLER for Business OPEN MCDM AG.COM | J U LY/AUGUST 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 35

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